“The Alien movies model how patriarchal culture distracts people from capitalism’s parasitism by designating women as the real threat.”
“Good afternoon, ma’am. Do you ever feel that it is so hard to know how to be happy?”
Can the work of mothering and everyday acts of care merge with efforts to achieve social justice?
Pamela Adlon reveals the mundane project of motherhood to be vast, fluid, and fascinating in its own right.
“I always thought that the challenge of writing my grandmother’s story was capturing her singular voice. Rereading her emails, I remember why.”
“You can have really intense intimacy over distance, sometimes only because distance is there.”
The family as we know it today functions to further isolate trans children from trans women and vice versa. Thank goodness for TV.
“You can wear something to be cool,” you told me, “or because another person likes it. You don’t have to be truly ‘yourself,’ or whatever.”
What might it mean to forge a politics explicitly based in the places we are, rather than a politics of the places from which we came?
Collective feminist narratives can acknowledge, to differing degrees, the stories that are missing from them.
If memory is an unreliable narrator, how can it be the medium through which we arrive at the truth about ourselves?
Impossible to summarize, The Last Samurai is deeply political—anti-capitalist and thoroughly feminist—without ever becoming preachy or moralizing.
If there is a way forward for the “pandemic novel,” it may be in Emma Donoghue’s claustrophobic settings of motherhood and childbirth.
The summer I turned 17, in the springboard pause between high school and university, I began working as a nurse aide in the geriatric rest home and hospital run by my mother.
In The Babadook and The Need, the introduction of a monster amplifies preexisting anxieties, rather than generating fresh ones.
While metaphors linking translation to human reproduction abound, Karen ...
Back in 1976, Adrienne Rich described what she called the “institution of motherhood.” When biological motherhood was turned into a social and historical institution, she explained, the potential ...
Midway through Mike Birbiglia’s latest one-man show, The New One, the ceiling above the stage opens and various baby paraphernalia cascade onto the stage floor. An oversized stuffed bear, a breast ...
I intended to begin with a personal admission. “I didn’t like being pregnant,” I was going to write, before describing the bodily discomforts (hypersalivation!) and psychic stresses (due date during ...
Forty years ago, on July 25, 1978, an English baby of ordinary working-class parentage was delivered by caesarian section. At 11:47 p.m., her mother, obstetrician Patrick Steptoe, Cambridge ...